Search the Special Collections and Archives Portal

Frank Williams memoir, page 13

Download snv002303-013.tif (image/tiff; 25.24 MB)


Digital ID
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Libraries

mill for his property and was then engaged in extensive development work upon his mines Campbell owned 3/4 of the Webster and W. H. Smith 1/4. It was 1/2 of the Smith interest that I bought. There was a nice cropping of $65 ore upon the Webster and its proximity to the famous Boomerang, made it appear a splendid investment.As the ore could not be worked until there was a mill in camp, I went to work for wages. Campbell almost immediately after the first of January began the construction of his mill. Over on the northside, or in Vanderbilt town, the Bronze Company began work upon a ten stamp mill. Both mills were completed early in March. During these two months I worked for Campbell upon the mill and for the greater part of the time upon wells upon the south side of the main canon, where he was seeking water with which to run his mill. These wells were not very satisfactory however, so, when his mill was completed, he did not have enough water to run it.He then pinned his hope upon water from the Boomerang itself, and the mine did develope considerable water as depth was attained in the main shaft.Later on, he obtained, by some agreement, the privelege of using the water from the St. George mine. This he pumped over the hill and combined it with the water from the Boomerang then took it to the mill by means of a pipe line. His failure to get water was a disappointment to me as he would not promise to work any "custom" ore, claiming that the ore in the Boomerang would require all and more water than he had. As I was anxious to get to work upon my claim I had a talk with the manager of the Bronze Mine and mill, and he promised to work custom ore.